Programme of spectacular events to mark re-opening of Piece Hall

Andy Sheppard and the Saxophone Massive perform at BT River of Music 2012 - 22/07/12
Andy Sheppard and the Saxophone Massive perform at BT River of Music 2012 - 22/07/12
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The newly-transformed Piece Hall will make its mark on Halifax - and Yorkshire - with a bumper programme of spectacular events later this year.

It’s expected that around 30,000 people will experience ‘Welcome’, a free festival to herald the reopening of the historic Piece Hall.

Spread across three weekends from August 18 to September 2, the programme of international events will welcome visitors back to the UK’s only surviving cloth hall, which will reopen on August 1 following a £19million transformation programme.

The central courtyard of Halifax’s best-known landmark will become a creative arena, showcasing an awe-inspiring programme of cultural activities.

Molly Rigg, head of events for The Piece Hall Trust, said: “We are immensely lucky to have a truly unique location in The Piece Hall and we are thrilled that the events marking the opening will showcase just how stunning a space it is, setting the bar high for the kinds of performances audiences across the North of England can expect to see here.”

The first event, on Friday August 18, will be Andy Sheppard’s epic Saxophone Massive.

The internationally celebrated UK saxophonist and composer will perform an original composition along with around 150 players recruited from across the town and region.

Saxophonists of all ages and abilities - professionals, amateurs, teachers and beginners - are asked to join the big band.

Those keen to find out how to get involved should contact Jo Fullman at The Piece Hall on 01422 525219 or visit thepiecehall.co.uk/saxophone-massive.

And it’s promised visitors will be mesmerised when renowned French company Transe Express performs its dazzling aerial show, The Enchanted Chandelier, on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2.

Further ‘Welcome’ events and activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

All tickets are free, but with limited availability.

Visitors are advised to register for notifications by signing up online at thepiecehall.co.uk.